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Old 10-15-04, 10:07 AM   #1
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Ok,
Been a good commuter this week. It is a short commute, 3.2 miles down hill on the way in. Enough to break a sweat. BUT here is the problem, After I get home, Uphill w/headwind, relax for a bit maybe take a quick shower, dinner and I am done. Before I was biking it to work, would go home, have dinner wait a half hour and go do a six mile ride with two knarly hills. I know most of you will get a chuckle after seeing people debate a 3.2 mile one way commute and such, but I am just getting back into and big time (for me).

The other thing is I've got two days a week where I can't commute cause I have to haul *** across town on my other passion: my Motorcyle to get to obligations so I can only commute on M-W-F.

So thoughts on commute to work M-W-F? OR take the cage or the powered bike, leave the cycle at home and do my long rides in the evening?

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Old 10-15-04, 10:42 AM   #2
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I don't understand the problem as you describe...

It seems that now after 3.2mi you are 'done' with no time left, but before with a 6mi ride you were not. It doesn't add up.

The only suggestion I have is to not stop after 3.2mi and continue another 3mi before stopping.

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Old 10-15-04, 10:48 AM   #3
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I'd say the same.

Is the problem you're trying to describe that you feel you're not getting enough riding on your bicycle commuting days? Is it because you run out of time in the evenings, or because you don't feel like going back out on the bike after you've ridden home, showered, and dinnered?

Do your bicycle commute on M-W-F, and just extend your journey on the way home if you feel you aren't getting enough riding. I have about a 12 mile each way commute at the moment (uphill on the way in), and often extend the trip on the way home to 20+ miles if I have the time and energy. Works like a charm.
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Old 10-15-04, 10:49 AM   #4
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Sounds like you're riding six miles a day either way - sounds ok. If you only commute on bike 3 days, then you could do the knarly hill ride on those days.

Or how about taking a slightly longer ride home?
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Old 10-15-04, 11:05 AM   #5
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when you say you're done, you mean you are too tired to go biking some more?

Well I think that if you commute to work, you will be doing exercise on a more regular basis (unles you were allready doing this 6 miles a day) and you will start noticing that you DO hae the energy to go out. The feeling of being drained is also often very psychological. Try to force yourself to go out, and call it a leisure ride, you might find that you will feel energized after a couple minutes of exercise, and do those 6 miles anyways (though don't aim for it)

As far as going across town, how far is that?
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Old 10-15-04, 11:08 AM   #6
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Yes the problem I tried to describe is I find myself commuting to work INSTEAD of doing my longer evening ride. Had not thought about extending the ride home, good Idea. However I am not suiting up for a proper ride and am just wearing my regular work clothes to work. And 3.2 miles one way broke up over a work day is not the same as one 6 miler I suspect. I guess I could bring riding clothes to work and go longer however things are complicated a bit by a family that has dinner ready shortly after I usually get home. IF I do NOT commute I go for my evening ride after dinner 3 days a week. If I do commute I find I have not been going back out.
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How much time does your 6 mile route take you? Around 30 mins? Would the rest of your family be willing to accomodate you by delaying dinner by this much?

My suggestion - take a backpack with your cycling gear in it. Ride to work in work clothes, then change and ride home in the cycling clothes and add a few miles to the end.

3.2 miles twice a day shouldn't be much different to one 6 mile ride. From some articles I've read, it could arguably be better to get our for two shorter sessions per day than one longer one.
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I also agree with Stubacca. Sometimes my cyclist friends and I talk about 'proper cycling attire". If my ride is short, I ride in commuter clothes which is anything comfortable (not necessarily cycling shorts). For me, function over fashion. This saves a little time by not having to find someplace to change. Just jump on and go. I bike to lunch, bike to the store, bike to the post office, etc. However, my time with my family is also very precious. I'll call home every so often and tell my family that I'm taking the long way home. For this, I'll usually change into cycling shorts. The nice thing about commuting, there aren't too many rules. I don't like a lot of rules. I like biking.
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I suggest adding some distance to your ride home, making the last 1/2 mile easy (maybe downhill) pedalling, so you flush the lactic acid out of your muscles.
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Old 10-15-04, 03:37 PM   #10
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Agree with a lot of what's been said so far. My $0.02: once I realized that I didn't have to take the most direct route, a whole new world opened up. I only live 4 miles from my office but some mornings my commute is 30 miles.
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Old 10-15-04, 04:13 PM   #11
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My commute is also 3.2 miles one way... When I am feeling well it turns into 8 miles. I love taking alternate routes; especially when I add distance and hills. I feel great when I get home.

One other note. I can understand why would wear your work clothes in the morning, especially if you can't shower at work, but there is no reason not to get some riding clothes for the trip home. Then you can go on a longer ride, and you shower when you get home. I love to "explore" a little on my bike on the way home. It really helps me unwind.
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My commute by the most direct route is 10.3 miles. I like to mix it up though, sometimes I do a 14 mile inbound route, somtimes it's a 28 mile outbound ride. By mixing and matching I can go 20, 28, 42 or 56 miles on a given day. I've even got one route that cuts down an old gravel wagonway for a couple miles, straight thru a swamp. Whatever suits my mood and time allotment.

I save the weekends for my long rides. Then again sometimes the weekends are spent on my tush.

Just mix it up, don't make it seem like you have to stick to a schedule and pattern. Strike out in new directions.
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Old 10-15-04, 05:34 PM   #13
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Good advice everyone, some things I hadn't thought about. Hence that's what this forum is about eh?
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